£35,000 expected to be raised for the Chance to Shine charity

Lord’s Cricket Ground opened the doors to its Grade II* listed Pavilion for Chance to Dine, a cricketing celebrity “cook-off” between four of England’s most celebrated players, on Thursday 13th September, which is expected to have raised a total of £35,000 for charity.

In conjunction with the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine campaign, Lord’s welcomed the culinary talents of Alastair Cook, Mike Gatting, Allan Lamb and Paul Nixon, who each prepared one course to form a four-course menu. The menu included a prawn cocktail prepared by Paul Nixon, followed by pan- fried duck breast from Allan Lamb, herb crusted lamb courtesy of Alastair Cook and a sticky toffee pudding made by Mike Gatting.

Aided by Ainsley Harriott, Bob Willis and Sir Tim Rice, guests dining within the elegance of the Pavilion’s iconic Long Room, judged each course on its merits and England Test Captain, Alastair Cook was awarded the Chance to Dine trophy.

Nick Kenton, MCC Meetings and Events Sales Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in what was a fantastic evening, for such a great cause that further highlights Lord’s for its first-class food.”

Claire Hall, Partnerships Development Manager at the Cricket Foundation, commented: “It was a great evening and the cricketers cooked up a storm for the guests. Lord’s is a fantastic venue for events and the MCC chefs went well beyond the call of duty to help the cricketers get to grips with their dishes.”

Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance is one of the biggest grass-roots sport development programmes ever undertaken in Britain. It was launched in 2005 by Governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King to reverse the decline of cricket in state schools and has now brought cricket to one and half million school children.

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Notes to editors

• Lord’s offers a range of venues for meetings, conferences and milestone events.
• Meeting and events at Lord’s can be booked on: 020 7616 8501.
• Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8QN.
• The Long Room can be used for lunches or dinners for up to 200 people. The Long Room is £8,000+VAT to hire and menus start from £49+VAT per person
• The Nursery Pavilion seats up to 600 people for a lunch or dinner with complimentary room hire for numbers above 250 and menus from £44+VAT per person.
• The Thomas Lord Suite can cater for up to 500 guests
• Lord’s can accommodate conferences for up to 600 delegates and DDR packages start from £69+VAT
• In 2009 MCC formed a new partnership with the Cricket Foundation and their Chance to Shine campaign. Since then tens of thousands of children in Chance to Shine schools across England and Wales have been introduced to the key MCC Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game.